Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 19, 2009 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Theytus Books

PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), today announced funding for Theytus Books Ltd. This funding will assist the publisher in developing a business plan to increase its capacities in digital publishing and marketing.

"Our Government is proud to support companies like Theytus Books who are developing strategies to become more competitive and better equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow," said Minister Moore. "With these investments, we are contributing to a more viable and prolific book publishing industry in Canada."

"I am pleased to support Theytus Books and their commitment to documenting and promoting Indigenous cultures here in British Columbia and across Canada," said Minister Day. "As the oldest First Nations publishing house, they have seen their authors, illustrators, and artists flourish. With this funding, we will ensure that this unique literature can be enjoyed both here in Canada and internationally."

"As the first First Nations-owned and -operated Indigenous publishing house in Canada, Theytus Books has been producing and promoting reading material and information created by Indigenous authors, illustrators, and artists for almost 30 years now," said Clarence Louis, president of Theytus Books Ltd. "The Government's contribution will help us develop essential tools for our future and ensure that we can continue to carry out our mandate effectively in an increasingly digital world."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $9,900 under the Supply Chain Initiative component of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program to assist Theytus Books Ltd. in developing a digitization and digital distribution business plan. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to increase the capacity of the Canadian-owned and -controlled sector of the industry to publish and market Canadian books domestically as well as internationally.

For more information on the Book Publishing Industry Development Program, visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations